To a lot of us, mornings are like traffic jams. We acknowledge that they exist and we try to avoid them at all costs. While there are some humans (if we can even call them that) that pop out of bed at ungodly hours and go to the gym, or get themselves ready for the day, most people treat mornings like their own personal purgatory between sleeping and functioning. As far as most people are concerned, mornings were invented for two things: the “snooze” button, and coffee, without which, mornings may as well not even exist.
That’s all about to change (insert dramatic score here).
Remember growing up how everyone said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day? Well, I’m gonna riff on that and saying that mornings are the most important part of the day. They are the foundation upon which the entire day is built and with a good, strong, productive morning, the prospects of your day are a hell of a lot brighter.
Converting yourself into a morning person isn’t going to happen overnight (#punny) and is probably going to involve a LOT of crankiness, but I promise, you’ll be grateful for it.
Come, let’s maximize our mornings together, one ungodly hour at a time.
GIVE YOURSELF TIME
Waking up at the last possible moment seems like a good idea when going to bed, but it usually means you’re rushing out of the house and starting the day frazzled…not the best recipe for a stress-free day. Instead, set your alarm so that when you finally do get out of bed, you have an hour to get yourself together before you leave the house. If that means you have to set your alarm for an hour and a half earlier than normal so you can get in a couple of snoozes, so be it, just make sure you get up and atom (at them?) with an hour to spare.
Trust me, getting up an hour early will allow you to shake off the cobwebs at home, rather than at work, and we know how messy that whole process can be when you’re by yourself, let alone in front of other people.
It’s not all about giving yourself that time, though. You have to do something with it. Make that time productive.
The biggest casualty of a hasty morning routine is breakfast. We’re so busy leaving the house, we completely put off eating until we are well on our way to work, or, worse, we miss breakfast altogether which definitely contributes to crankiness many people consider synonymous with mornings.
Instead, whip up a little breakfast ditty and give yourself time to eat away from the glow of your computer screen. It’ll allow your body to fuel, and give you some much needed you time. No more hasty feedings at your desk, or in the car. It’s time you sit down and eat breakfast with leisure.
Spend time preparing your lunch for the day. Again, it’ll give you some time to yourself, and allow you to explore your kitchen, not to mention all the money it’ll save you on having to buy lunch at work every day.
A good outlook on the day starts with making yourself look good at home
Why struggle with putting your make-up on, or unbedding your bed-head on your way to work? Do it at home, while you have time. You’ll have the chance to get it right and spare the other travelers the stress of watching you try, and fail, to put your make-up on while commuting. And don’t even get me started on those of you who are trying to make yourselves up while driving. You may do it all the time, and you may even be pretty good at it, but for the sake of everyone around you, don’t. Like Chris Rock says, “You can drive a car with your feet if you want to, that don’t mean it’s to be done!”
Is sleeping an extra few minutes really worth putting people in harm’s way? I didn’t think so.
MAKE MORNINGS YOURS
Mornings can either be the foundation the rest of the day is built on, by giving yourself time to prepare for the day ahead, or it can be the front-loaded, load-bearing column of your day, by using it carry the load of all the things you need to get done.
Rule your mornings, don’t let them rule you. You’ll thank me later.
Until next time – good morning!